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Ecological Searches

Greater Manchester Local Records Centre are part of GM Ecology Unit, hosted by Tameside MBC.
GMLRC hold several datasets of ecological information that may be requested, including:

Our data searches include the South Lancashire Bat Group's (SLBG) data and the Greater Manchester Bird Recording Group's (GMBRG) data by default.

How do I request a search?

Download our search request form using the button below, complete it and then email it to Please include GIS files for your search area if available. We accept TAB, SHP, KML or GeoJSON format. We aim to provide you with a quotation within 2 working days and to fulfil all search requests within 2 working weeks. Please read all of the notes on the form carefully before submitting your request.

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How much does a data search cost?

A charge is likely to be levied for any data search undertaken to cover Records Centre administrative costs, and fees passed on to support data providers.
We can make exceptions for academic data searches or voluntary projects under certain data supply restrictions, and do not charge landowners or occupiers for SBI information relating to their land. Our current standard (guideline) search fees are as follows:

However we assess each request on a case by case basis - using a guideline of £125 for the first hour of work, and £50 for each subsequent hour.
Large searches with many results sometimes cost notably more, whilst those returning few records or straddling the county boundary may cost less. Indivdual taxon (e.g. bats) and bespoke searches are also available. For cross-boundary searches we recommend approaching our neighbouring LERCs too. Our online MapApp shows the relevant Planning district and LERC for any North West location. LERC contact details can be found via the ALERC website.

Invoices will be raised via Tameside MBC, our Local Authority hosts, and emailed or posted - usually a few weeks after results have been provided.
Account details and other payment information can be found at Tameside Payments.

Greater Manchester Ecology Unit,
Dukinfield Town Hall,
King Street,
SK16 4LA

0161 342 3123

An ALERC member

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